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Bridge: YWCA players place at STAC games

October 28, 2017

Two pairs playing in the STAC game at the YWCA on Oct. 16 placed in the overall rankings, both in the Flight C division. The event was held simultaneously at 13 bridge clubs in Connecticut, northern New Jersey, and the Hudson Valley. A total of 276 pairs participated in the contest.

At the YW game, which drew 11 tables, Carol Cram and Ruth Newberg posted a 61.61 percent score to finish fourth overall in Flight C, while Sonia Kingshott and Linda Munger placed 11th with 58.63.

Later in the week, two regular participants in the YW’s weekly game, Mary Albertell and Mary Scarfi, came in first overall in Flight A while playing in another STAC contest at the Seven No-Trump club in Stamford. It was Scarfi’s second STAC victory this year, having posted the overall winning score at the YW’s STAC game in March.

Today’s quiz: Here is another in the current series of quizzes on responding to a takeout double. In the following problem, both sides are vulnerable, and your left-hand opponent opens as dealer with one diamond. Partner doubles and your right-hand opponent passes. What action would you take with the following hand, and why?

S 65 H 82 D QJ1097 C A975

Answer: Two clubs and one notrump are both possible calls, but both seem silly when you hold four sure defensive tricks against a diamond contract and your partner is known to have the equivalent of an opening bid. Consequently, you should pass, thereby converting your partner’s intended takeout double into a penalty double.

Assuming the opener passes (if he runs elsewhere, partner may be able to double for penalties), a realistic expectation would be to set one diamond doubled at least two tricks for a score of +500, and perhaps even more, depending on the strength of partner’s hand.

The week’s duplicate results:

Greenwich YWCA weekly duplicate: North-South, 1. Gordon Mackenzie-Lola Meyers, 2. Judy Crystal-Barbie McKelvey, 3. Carol Cram-Bev Hartley, 4. Joanne Kuebler-Hollister Sturges; East-West, 1. Doris Greenwald-Terry Lubman, 2. Renate Fremuth-Carole Hue, 3. Mary Scarfi-Lois Spagna, 4. Kenny Howe-Mary Sue Saltsman.

Central Greenwich Bridge Club, 10/13: 1. Dave Babson-Dorothea Bellafiore, 2. Sanjay Santhanam- Ann Scheuer, 3. Joyce Beach-Pat Riggs; East-West, 1. Dean Goss-Lolly Raphael, 2. Rosemary Cronin-Hillary McGuire, 3-4. Marie Futia-Barbara Harper, James Chung-Peggy Marx.